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Foolishness killed those that died in Lagos tanker explosion - Eyewitness

30 June 2018

A petrol tanker has caught fire in Nigeria's biggest city, Lagos, killing at least nine people, officials say.

According to the eyewitness who claimed he lost his phone in the incident, it wasn't that tanker driver's fault, as a commercial bus dropped off passenger where there was no bus stop and got into a fast lane without looking at his side mirror.

He said the cause of the accident was brake failure.

Fuel explosions are common in Nigeria, where oil is transported on poor roads by trucks in a poor state of fix, according to AFP. Petrol is transported via badly maintained roads and vehicles.

Blood-curdling footage of the aftermath of a tanker explosion in south-western Nigeria has emerged online.

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Fire erupted within seconds, forcing motorists to abandon their cars and flee, he added. The blaze quickly spread from vehicle to vehicle.

Other online media reported the tanker turned over and spilled fuel.

Taking to his Facebook account late on Thursday, Governor Ambode said the tragedy is a very painful one.

"As a government, we would not relent in putting measures in place to ensure safety of lives and property of all residents". "We need to work more with federal agencies so we don't have these crises all the time", he said.

Foolishness killed those that died in Lagos tanker explosion - Eyewitness